The year is 1941, Great Britain is in the middle of the war of a century and the Doctor has returned to Earth on Christmas Eve to fulfill a wish. After running through a gigantic exploding mothership and falling into Earth’s orbit in an impact suit and slamming into the planet, the Doctor meets a woman named Madge Arwell. Madge has two young children and a husband who has been sent off to fight the Nazis.
It seems like it’s been forever since the last season of Misfits, though it’s been the same year as every show goes through. Yet so much has changed when we pick up season three— the group is no longer doing community service, Nathan (Robert Sheehan) has left the show to be replaced by a guy named Rudy played by Joseph Gilgun and thanks to some mysterious man in a back alley office, everyone has new powers. So with all these things, is this new season still as good? Oh yes it is.
It’s been 14 years since Beavis and Butthead were last on the air and last night, the duo returned to MTV and other than a change in what they’re watching on TV, it’s almost like they never left. If you had any doubts for some reason that Mike Judge has lost his edge in that time, let me assure you that Beavis and Butthead is just as hilarious now as it used to be, maybe even a little moreso.
At the end of the last season of House, Dr. House finally went fully off the deep end after his relationship with Cuddy went bad. He drove his car straight into her living room while her new boyfriend and his family were over. He left the country for three months, came back and was arrested and tossed in the slammer for 12 months. And now here we are, where he’s only got five days left before he’s paroled back to the outside world. All he has to do is stay out of trouble for five days. But in prison, that’s far easier said than done.
Here we are at the end of this season of Doctor Who, and other than the Christmas special, there will be no more new Who for another year since the BBC is moving the show to a fall-only schedule. In this last episode of the season, “The Wedding of River Song”, we’re given a thoroughly satisfying and neatly concluded ending to a season that’s been chock full of questions and mysteries. Beware if you’ve not seen the episode, because there are spoilers ahead.
In the past couple years, Marvel has been collaborating with Japanese Madhouse studios to bring various Marvel titles into the world of anime. X-Men, Wolverine and Iron Man have been a few of the comic franchises that have gotten the anime treatment, but so far my only experience has been with Iron Man. I can say that after watching the first season of Iron Man the anime series, I’m looking forward to checking out the other Marvel anime series.
Monday night saw the long-awaited two hour premiere of Terra Nova, a big-budget sci-fi series on Fox created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Siilverstein and produced by Steven Spielberg. It’s a gorgeous show, and incredibly ambitious in scope for a television series, but if you want a single tagline to sum up this feature film length series premiere, it’s this: Terra Nova is a show that’s absolutely unforgettable for its visual appeal populated with absolutely forgettable stock characters and unexciting dialogue.
Here we are, down to the last two episodes of this season, with the Doctor’s death at the hands of the impossible astronaut looming. Traditionally, the end of the season would be a heavy two parter, but this season there’s really no need, since the writers have been telling a great story all along, even when at times it appears they’re deviating a bit. And this week’s episode, “Closing Time” is no exception.
I wasn’t sure what to make of this week’s “The God Complex” going in. I didn’t really have high hopes for it, and it is in many ways a fairly meh filler episode, but in other ways, it’s a very profound episode that has meaning that digs deeper to the core meaning of this season than any episode this year so far. So if you haven’t seen the episode, there are spoilers ahead.
If last week’s episode, “Night Terrors” was all about the topsy turvy horrors inside a child’s imagination, this week’s episode “The Girl Who Waited” was about fears of a different sort— being alone. Last week’s tale of dark hallways and dimly lit rooms filled with doll furniture gave way this week to a stark, white and minimalist show that often reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey with some Russell T. Davies sappiness thrown in for good measure.
Sorry I’m a couple days late on this week’s Doctor Who review, but I’m still on vacation and trying to soak it up. Anyway… this week’s episode, titled “Night Terrors” was a welcome departure from the heaviness and thick plot that’s made up most of the season. In this episode, the Doctor takes a quick detour when he gets a message from a little boy in Britain to save him from “the monsters”. It’s a good old-fashioned hide behind the couch scary episode with nothing to do with the larger season plot points of the Silence or River Song or the death of the Doctor.
Rebooting a franchise can be a tricky prospect. You’re expect to maintain a certain level of familiarity while still putting a new spin on it. It’s a delicate balance; especially once you factor in that you have to keep longtime fans happy as well as bring in a new viewer base. So when Warner Brothers decides to take it’s most iconic franchise, The Looney Tunes, and put a new spin on it for a new generation of viewers, how does it turn out?
Finally, here we are at the second half of season six of Doctor Who. It’s seemed like a hell of a long wait, but when Doctor Who returned to the small screen last night, it was so worth it. Just when I think that this season can’t get any better, it keeps topping itself. Every time I think they’re about to paint themselves into a corner, it just keeps getting better. I must warn you, that if you haven’t seen the episode, you probably shouldn’t read this review at all, because there’s absolutely no way for me to do this review without spoilers. The whole damn episode is one series of events that are spoilers.
TV review? I guess. Technically, The Booth at the End is a web series, but it’s episodic, so I guess it’s pretty close to a TV series in that regard. But while it’s episodic, it’s only five 22 minute episodes, so you could easily sit down and watch it in an evening like a movie. In any case, it’s a genuine diamond in the rough that is well worth your time if you’re a fan of Twilight Zone style macabre storytelling. It was one of those that I was hesitant to watch at first, and now that I’ve seen the whole thing, I’m glad I gave it a day in court, because it’s a truly memorable slice of TV.
First, a confession. My reviews for the last two episodes, or at least the last episode, was not very accurate. By the second episode of this season, I admit that I was still caught up in the excitement of a new season of Torchwood and enthralled by the overall story that I completely overlooked the fact that yes, some of the writing and acting in this new season is subpar to last season.
Also, just so you know, I’ve posted some possibly NSFW screenshots below in regards to a scene that was censored from the UK showing, but not in the US. Also, spoilers.